Originally posted on Huffington Post There are some people that simply forget to eat out of busyness or preoccupation. I am not one of those people. I never have been, and I never will be -- and here's why. I dedicated about 15 years (nearly half my time in this world) to "forgetting" to eat breakfast, not letting even one morsel past my lips before the clock struck noon. I took pride in this perceived strength, savoring the rush I acquired from the feeling of emptiness. The
Originally posted on Huffington Post Sometimes I feel like having twin toddlers is a piece of cake and I'm totally nailing it, and then I'm like wow - that was a really nice 45 seconds. The transition from infancy to toddler-hood was a slow one, gradual and sluggish. Bit by bit, I traded my sleep deprived nights for more restful ones, and I swapped my quiet days for more lively ones. And when I say lively I mean toddlers asserting their independence (tantrums), toddlers findi
Originally posted on Huffington Post I was at an appointment with the twins today - who were conveniently on their worst behavior - and it was one of those train wreck moments where they were both sobbing and frantically clawing at me to be held. As the doctor and I talked over the howls and chaos, she said to me, "I don't know how you do it." And to this, my secret answer is: I put one foot in front of the other... and go. There's really no other way. The doctor went on to s
Originally posted on Huffington Post It's December again. This year, time snuck up on me. It moved at lightning speed in a hurried blur of change, action, and new territories. The days seemed long, yet the moments passed quickly (having kids will do that to you!). • I shifted deeper into my recovery into a place where I shared details of my journey with others. I "outed myself." Uncomfortable, but important.
• My sleepless nights melted oh-so -graciously into more restful o
Originally posted on Huffington Post Today as I stood in line at Target (my home away from home), I felt the eyes of many strangers on me -- as I usually do when I walk around with a cart full of babies. Walking around in public with twin toddlers is no easy task. Not only do you have to keep two fickle little people happy, but you have to concentrate and remember everything on your list, stop to say hello to curious strangers, and break up baby fights (hilarious and annoying
I recently came across a beautiful children’s clothing line that’s a bit different from the rest. Petite Marin clothing is uniquely custom, individually hand crafted, and beautifully made. But what caught my attention - in the midst of what feels like endless and monotonous clothing retailers- was that each item has the potential to carry history, memories, and connection. Each little piece has a previous owner, a valuable story, and a purpose. I like this line for five reaso
Originally posted on Huffington Post Suicide bombers. Stabbings. Gunshots. Violence. Hate. Bloodshed. Heartache.
This is our world, and I am paralyzed and terrorized with fear. There is death nearly every day now. It is all around us. My children are growing up in a world where violence permeates our schools, where watching the news is a terrifying and heart-wrenching experience, where airplanes and airports become battlefields, where crowded public places can erupt with bl
Originally posted on Huffington Post Hi there. I'm talking to you mamma. I see you quietly praying for a fast grocery line. I see you bending over to pick up another toy/sippy cup/shoe that was thrown out of the stroller. I see your arms working tirelessly to carry the weight of your child, and I feel the straps of your diaper bag digging into your shoulders. I see your mind working, turning, multi-tasking, and planning ahead. I see your unwashed hair, the food on your pants,
Originally posted on Huffington Post When I became a new parent of twins, I had a lot of expectations of how my life would be. I imagined chasing two kids around in two different directions at the same time (which by the way, turned out to be exactly what I do). What I didn't expect, however, was the many bonuses and unexpected perks of having two little ones hanging out with me all the time. So to all you new and expecting parents out there, here are a few cool things that n